DARLEY Dale billiards ace Jim McCann is celebrating lifting a prestigious English title for the fourth time.
The 67-year-old has been crowned the English Grand Masters Billiards champion, following on from his similar victories in the contest in 2003, 2004 and 2009.
Having beaten three people to come through the group stages at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, he then moved on to the last 16 at the Atack Snooker Centre in Nuneaton.
After winning all games in his group of four, he defeated Cornwall’s Chris Mitchell in the quarter-finals.
McCann followed this with a convincing win over Charlie Gay of Devon in the semi-finals and progressed to a hard-fought final with the Darley Dale star coming home in the last few minutes of the encounter with Maidenhead’s Jack Hedley to take the championship trophy, which is contested by those aged 50 and over.
Jim McCann was understandably delighted by this latest win: “It’s a tough competition and it’s getting tougher so you know you’ve got to play well to win it.
“I felt confident going into it but then again you have to have that attitude, otherwise you’ll not get anywhere.
“It’s probably the best of my four wins and it’s a brilliant feeling to win again.
“I think it’s a really good achievement to win four times so I’m really pleased.”
Jim followed up this success by helping England to a victory over Northern Ireland at the weekend in a contest played in Derby, Jim being the only member of the England team to win all of his games.
He concluded: “The season finishes soon and it’s been a good season again for me.
“I’ve finished in the top eight out of 150 across the UK, so that’s a pleasing result.”